Poughkeepsie High School

PHS School Bell Schedule 2014-2015

Breakfast is served from 7:45am – 8:10am.

9th Grade Orientation will occur Tuesday September 2, 2014

The orientation program for all incoming freshman students and their parents will take place Tuesday September 2, 2014 from 5:00-7:00PM at the Poughkeepsie High School auditorium. Students and their parents that attend the Freshman orientation will find it an opportunity to get a better understanding of the high school program and meet staff.  There will be an introduction to the expectations for all freshmen students as well as a brief review of the activities offered, curriculum instructed, and class schedule.   The scheduled orientation agenda is:

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Introduction to the Principal
  • Academic Pathway to Graduation
  • Freshman Expectations
  • Freshman Opportunities
  • Class schedule for building walkthrough

Prior to attending the freshman orientation, we encourage you to visit our school website at www.poughkeepsieschools.org.  You will find information regarding academics, activities, as well as athletics.  Please feel free to formulate any questions you have regarding the high school program and our staff members will try their hardest to provide an answer.   We look forward to meeting you on September 2 at 5:00 PM in the PHS Auditorium!!!   Reminder : First day of class is Thursday September 4th.

Administrative Staff

Principal Mrs. Phee Simpson

High School Administrators
Mrs. Phee Simpson  Principal
 Mr. Jason Gerard Assistant Principal 9th Grade
Ms. Yvonne Palmer Assistant Principal 10th Grade
Ms. Felicia Schinella Assistant Principal 11th Grade
Mr. Da’Ron Wilson Assistant Principal 12th Grade


Principally Speaking

Please read most recent edition of “Principally Speaking,” the Principal’s monthly newsletter: PHS Newsletter January 2014 Guidance Services Click Here to Visit the Guidance Webpage

Parent/Teacher/Student Association (PTSA)

Please visit the High School’s PTSA’s webpage for the organization’s latest news.  Just click Here.


Pearson School Design / Ninth Grade Academy The Pearson School Design is a standards based, research proven model that is currently used nationwide. To improve student test scores state wide, increase the attendance as well as the graduation rate, the District introduced the Ninth Grade Academy into the instructional program in September 2007. All entering 9th graders are a part of this Small Learning Community. The Assistant Principal is the administrator coordinating this initiative. Teams of English, Math, Science, and Social Studies teachers are responsible for providing instruction to particular groups of 9th grade students. They are supported by a guidance counselor, literacy coach and math coach. The data shows that students in the 9th grade academy during the 2007-2008 school year had better attendance as well as an increased percentage passing the four core subjects as compared to students in the 9th grade in the 2006-2007 school year. Course Offerings Poughkeepsie High School offers a variety of challenging courses, including Advance Placement courses which may be accepted by colleges and universities as college credit, and dual credit courses which earn high school students both high school and college credits simultaneously. There are eight Advanced Placement courses offered and six dual credit Dutchess Community College courses offered including:  English 101, English 102, Ecology I, Ecology II, Health and Human Services and Participation in Government.

Student Activities

For a list of some of the extracurricular activities offered at Poughkeepsie High School, please click here.

Poughkeepsie Education Foundation Scholarship

A Poughkeepsie Education Foundation Scholarship is awarded each year to one graduating senior from Poughkeepsie High School. This $4,000 award entitles the recipient to $1,000 annually for up to four years of college studies. For additional information about this scholarship, please click here.

I. Ann Davidson Scholarship

The I. Ann Davidson Scholarship consists of payments of $1,000 for each year of undergraduate study up to four years. For additional information about this scholarship, please click here.

Affirmative Action Officers’ Association Scholarship

The New York State Affirmative Action Officers Association has established the Curtis Ray Forbes Academic Scholarship Award to present two $500.00 scholarships for the 2014 academic year. One student from Dutchess County and one from Schenectady County will be selected for this award.  For additional information, please click here.

District Code of Conduct

2013-14 CODE OF CONDUCT Favorite High School Websites MOODLE homepage, PCSD login Athletic Websites Foreign Language History Physical Education Department Website Science Science Department Website Social Studies



70 Forbus Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Phone: (845) 451-4850 Fax: (845) 451-4807 Map

School Hours

Breakfast: 7:45 AM Arrival: 8:05 AM Dismissal: 3:10 PM